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Fiscal Court meets, board members appointed; Cherryville Firefighter recognized...

By Lazer Staff

Judge Osborne presented Cherryville Volunteer Firefighter, Ron Hammond, a certificate of appreciation for his 20 years of service. Judge Osborne presented Cherryville Volunteer Firefighter, Ron Hammond, a certificate of appreciation for his 20 years of service. Louisa, KY -- The Lawrence County Fiscal Court met Monday, October 20, at 9:30 am, in the upstairs courtroom of the Lawrence County Courthouse in downtown Louisa.

After the invocation by County Clerk, Chris Jobe, the Pledge of Allegiance was said and the meeting was called to order by County Judge Executive, John Osborne.

The minutes from the September 15 meeting were approved, as were the bills and Treasurer's request and report. The revised annual budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 Conservation District was accepted, and the second reading of the Executive Order regarding Weather Emergency Levels from the Emergency Management Service was approved.  

An extension of 275 ft of Pearl Lane, near the Smokey Valley area was also approved.

Judge Osborne presented Cherryville Volunteer Firefighter, Ron Hammond, a certificate of appreciation for his 20 years of service.  

"We thank you and appreciate all your hard work," Osborne said.

Buddy Smith of Boyce and Associates Inc. discusses county insurance planBuddy Smith of Boyce and Associates Inc. discusses county insurance planVarious board members were appointed at Monday's meeting. Dina Chaffin was appointed to the Lawrence County Public Library Board, filling the vacancy left by Bill Copley, who recently passed away.  

Josh Trout was appointed to the Northeast Community Action Board, which required additional members.  

Lawrence Vinson Jr, Angela McGuire and Crystal Salyers were appointed to the Lawrence County Recreation Board.

The Economic Development Report was read by Coordinator, Catrina Vargo.The report highlighted business opportunities for outside vendors at Yatesville Lake and Eagle Ridge Golf Course, update on the 'Work Ready Community' status, East Park news, plans for more downtown events, the state Main Street program, Ashland Alliance, the city sewer plant capacity, grants and training, and updates concerning the county's websites.

No one was present to discuss Chesapeake Energy, which was scheduled on the agenda.

Buddy Smith of Boyce and Associates Inc., discussed employee health insurance during the public comments portion of the meeting.  

"We are 15% under current rates with this plan," said Smith, speaking of the new Humana plan.  He recommended consolidating to one plan, moving everything to Humana, provided the county insurance committee agreed.

Judge Osborne said a motion should be made to approve the new insurance plan provided the insurance committee agrees.  Magistrate John Lemaster made the motion and Magistrate Morris Howard seconded. 

There were no other public comments, and the meeting was then adjourned.

The next Fiscal Court meeting will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at 9:30 am.

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Date: 10-22-2014

Johnson teacher indicted for use of minor in sex performance;

By Kathy J. Prater
Paintsville Herald

Among those indicted Friday by a Johnson County grand jury was a Johnson Central High School teacher, accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.
 

CantrellCantrellRobert L. Cantrell, 25, of Prestonsburg, was indicted on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree; and two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance.

According to the indictment, the grand jury charges that Cantrell allegedly “induced, assisted or otherwise caused a minor, under the age of 18, to engage in illegal sexual activity” on May 27, June 26, and July 2.

Cantrell is facing a possible prison sentence of up to ten years.

According to information received from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the office received a complaint from a concerned party in reference to a teacher at JCHS that was actively pursuing an inappropriate relationship with a female student at the school.

A criminal investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s office with the assistance of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Electronic Crimes Unit. The investigation resulted in information leading to Cantrell’s arrest.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark said he has “full confidence” that school officials were unaware of Cantrell’s inappropriate actions.

Once informed, school officials immediately suspended Cantrell and later terminated his employment with the school system after conducting an internal investigation and collaborating with law enforcement officials.

Cantrell also faces possible criminal charges in Floyd County as a result of the JCSO’s investigation.

Cantrell’s case remains under investigation by Dep. Clark and Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Will city council change date for 'Trick or Treat' night because of LCHS football game?

LOUISA, Ky. -- Louisa City council members have missed having the regular council meeting last Tuesday and an attempt to have a special meeting Thursday did not produce a quorum so the council has not had the opportunity to discuss changing 'Trick or Treat' night this year or any of the other items on the agenda.

Council member Gloria Johnson said she has had several inquiries about changing the date from Halloween night on Friday, Oct. 31 because of a conflict with the last regular season LCHS football game, which will be 'Senior Night' for the 14 Bulldog seniors on this year's team.

"We set 'Trick or Treat' way before this came up," Johnson said. "It will be difficult to change the dates because the city of ft. Gay and Lawrence County have set their dates with ours."

Deputy city clerk Rita Rose also said today that changing the dates will be difficult because plans have been made and "it is pretty late to be changing it now.'

But the city council will attempt to have a special meeting this Thursday to decide what to do on the issue. "There are a lot of things that need to be addressed, so the council really needs to meet this week," said Rose, who is a former city council member herself. 

As is is now trick or Treat is scheduled for 5-7pm on Friday night and the football game is at 7:30. Rose said several people have complained that the congestion that Trick or Treat and the large crowd expected for the football game will be a hindrance to both events.

"Some want it changed to Saturday night and some want it changed to Thursday night and some want it to stay like it is," Rose added. "You can't please everyone all the time so the council will need to make a decision based on what is best for the kids and their parents and the general public."

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